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  1. The long trails behind the wings of landing planes may be the best known but are not the only signs of spinning air coming off aircraft. Jet engines produce a number of such vortices - which only become obvious when water vapor in the air condenses around the vortex into visible droplets, as in this video. Three kinds are shown here: that between the jet intake and a wet runway at the start of a takeoff run; the interior of the jet intake; and finally the narrow trail produced by the little strakes (protruding fins) fitted to engine casings.SOURCE
  2. No, this wasn't Storm Doris - or storm anything. But there was a true crosswind gusting to 24 knots/28 mph on the wet evening of 17th march 2017, which caught this SAS CRJ-900 on flight 2535. The go around was reported as due to "unstable" approach on short finals.SOURCE
  3. The Emirates giant storming the runway on a wet evening. Also shown in the same weather is an Air India Dreamliner, and a takeoff spray explosion.SOURCE
  4. After several months trialling the division of the runway along its length into a landing lane (western half) and takeoff lane (eastern half), the scheme is scheduled to be made fully operational in late summer this year. As Birmingham Airport has become much busier recently, a way has been sought to improve efficient flow of inbound and outbound traffic at busier times of the day, and this scheme was considered by far the most promising. Safety concerns have been raised over its suitability for the giant Airbus A380, but it turns out that provided A380 pilots keep their left-hand main undercarriage on the grass verge throughout landing and takeoff runs there is no risk of contact with an aircraft moving in the opposite direction.SOURCE
  5. There was so much going on during Storm Doris on 23rd February 2017, with easily the strongest winds since I started filming planes four years ago, that I've had to break the footage into several parts. This part shows the 8 "aborted landings/missed approaches" at BHX as winds gusted upto max 54 knots/62 mph. Strictly, the Qatar Dreamliner wasn't a "go-around" as the pilot chose not to give Birmingham a second go - understandable, as this was at the height of the storm (see the plane bucking in the turbulence as it climbed away).SOURCE
  6. Some nice reverse thrust spray illuminated by artificial light in this after-dark performance by flight EK37 at BHX.SOURCE
  7. Condensation of the wake vortex from the Emirates Boeing plane as it skims the cloud base, forming patterns miles long which - who knows - may spell out a message to someone somewhere...SOURCE
  8. A couple of missed approaches by this Atlas made for some nice views of this unusual plane, including the 8-bladed very high-power turboprop engines and streaming wake vortices. The change in speed of the props as it initiates the go-around is very marked. This particular plane (ZM409) has a tail logo for 75 years of the Airborne Brigade.SOURCE
  9. Ivana Fly

    flugsnug Wing Clouds

    Highlighting the clouds which roll and play over and around the top of planes' wings. These are a by-product of the lift forces which hold aircraft up in the sky. Lift comes about because the air pressure is low above the wing, and a drop in air pressure (and temperature) tends to cause invisible water vapor (gas) to condense into the visible water droplets (liquid) we see as clouds. The misty show is most obvious during landing and takeoff as the plane is tilted upwards to increase lift at these times. ________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  10. 140 tons of Boeing 767-300ER having a little difficulty in the late December 2016 crosswind gusts on the New Orleans flight into BHX. Check the amount of rubber left on the runway by the right hand wheels.SOURCE
  11. A rare opportunity recently to film and compare three of the world's largest aircraft arriving in quick succession. The Emirates Airbus A380 was a scheduled arrival, but the US Air Force Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy and British Airways Boeing 747-400 were fog diversions to BHX from Mildenhall and Heathrow respectively. The USAF plane needed special airfield precautions as it was reported as carrying 'hazardous cargo'. Best wishes to everyone for 2017!SOURCE
  12. Or a park bench in this case. Time for a bit of festive fun as Christmas approaches. Like the way the dad (?) glances at the accident then keeps on filming, Thanks to the unknown duo in Sheldon Park by BHX airport.SOURCE
  13. Recent visits by this ground-breaking military transport plane to BHX have provided some quite unusual sights and sounds that probably not many people have experienced. Size-wise it sits roughly between the Lockheed C-130 and Boeing C-17. Its 8-bladed propellers are driven by the most powerful turboprop engines produced - at 11,000 horsepower each - excepting some Russian designs with a pair of contra-rotating props. As can be seen here, the props on each wing are counter-rotating, creating some interesting prop-vortex 'interference' effects over the wings.SOURCE
  14. Flight TOM 7260 from East Midlands to Tenerife on 22 November 2016 turned back towards East Midlands and circled south of the airport for a while before diverting to Birmingham. I do not know the reason for the above, but the 737 was reported overweight for the landing - despite having burnt off some fuel while circling - and requested fire service attendance. Landing overweight means landing faster and heavier than normal, so the 'fumes' around the wheel after touchdown may have been due to overheating brakes rather than a symptom of whatever caused the diversion.SOURCE
  15. Wheel braking and retraction for a variety of planes. Note that the wheels don't always brake simultaneously, and sometimes wobble a bit! The landing counterpart to this video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSodzuCwRYISOURCE
  16. There was a sharp breath intake from the air traffic controller as this A320 bounced... Crosswind gusts of around 46km/h were reported at around this time on an untypical early August afternoon.SOURCE
  17. For me, the A330 is the best looking of all Airbus' products - so here's a sequence showing it in different 'moods'. The operators here are Air Transat, Turkish Airlines, Royal Air Force (RAF), AirTanker and Hi Fly. The RAF planes are known as Voyagers, and have Cobham under-wing pods (with the small turbine propeller at the front) used for air-to-air refuelling. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the Voyager taking off into a patch of turbulence (as reported by the pilot to ATC),SOURCE
  18. When conditions are less than ideal, the particular distribution of buildings and earth mounds etc around BHX usually claims the odd victim, as the unpredictable wind currents and eddies suddenly catch the unfortunate plane. Here, an Airbus A321 is forced to go around on first landing attempt, then is successful on second attempt - but not without a further nudge from the atmosphere. _____________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  19. Close up, touchdowns are all subtly different, like snowflakes. This is a compilation of 2-, 4-, and 6- wheelers around the moment of contact with runway. A special mention for anyone who can identify each plane type! First correct answer (very very quick) was Varun Solanki. In order: 757 A320 787 777 757 fokker100 A330 A320 787 777 757 A320 787.SOURCE
  20. It had to happen eventually, but very surprising in the first 6 months of the service - the massive A380 suffering the indignity of a go-around, and not because of the Birmingham wind vagaries! It happened on the misty, drizzly 10th September 2016. A previous plane had reported a possible bird strike, and a vehicle was checking the runway, with a Dash-8 stationary on the runway and lined up to take off. Just before the A380 an Icelandair 757 had been ordered to go around because of the runway blockage, and had done so miles before touchdown. I knew the A380 was on approach and I was tuned into the tower radio frequency waiting for it to call in. When I glanced to the south to my amazement the A380 was just across the fields from the runway still on approach, so I started filming at that point. As you can see from the video it was several seconds later that the A380 called in and was instantly told to go around. For those seconds I could hardly believe what I was seeing, though in hindsight the pilot would at some point have seen the Dash-8 blocking the way (the Dash-8 was at an intermediate runway point, not at the end). If you want to watch the action in plan view check out FlightRadar24 or similar site at around 11:50 local time (10:50 UTC) on the above date for airport BHX.SOURCE
  21. Flybe flight 1274 Amsterdam-Manchester made an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport on 29th August 2016 after one of the tyres on the Dash-8 aircraft was discovered to have burst. In the video enlargement after the normal video the tyre can be seen shredding and baring the wheel rim. ______________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  22. Missed approaches by a Qatar Dreamliner and a Flybe Embraer plus an aborted landing by an Aer Lingus A320 are not what you usually expect in summer in the UK, even at BHX.SOURCE
  23. Frequent rain storms this summer has meant plenty of opportunity to catch these giants departing soaked runways. At about 130 tonnes, the Airbus A380 has the highest total jet thrust of any production plane, whilst the Boeing 777-300 has the most concentrated thrust due to it having the biggest available engines, each producing a barrage of around 52 tonnes. All hardware in this video courtesy Emirates Airline. ____________________________________________________________________________ To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.comSOURCE
  24. A little lady at Birmingham Airport showing all-body control of the whims of the wind which aircraft designers can only dream about.SOURCE
  25. How mighty jets slow down by blasting jet thrust through outlets in the engine sides, often creating spectacular spray storms on a wet runway. Here are some zoomed-in shots of the process at work, courtesy Pakistan International, Ryanair, Emirates, Air France and Air Transat.SOURCE